Howard Fineman fancies himself a courageous soul. Because no one brings up race in America anymore.
Well, other than Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, every single mainstream media columnist and pundit, every single Democrat candidate, officeholder, consultant, Twitter warrior, every single day on every network…
It’s just not talked about.
FINEMAN: “Can I mention race here?”
MATTHEWS: “You may.”
FINEMAN: “Let’s put the cards on the table here.”
MATTHEWS: “You mean the word Africa?”
FINEMAN: “No. The brown people coming from the South, the Arab people coming from the East, the black people coming from Africa, nobody’s saying that in so many words. Nobody’s saying it at all, but it’s in the background of this whole discussion, and anybody who would deny that doesn’t know how this country operates. It’s not the only way this country operates. We’re bigger than that in the end, but that’s definitely a subtext of a lot of what’s going on here. There’s just no question about it. And I’ll say it if other people won’t.”
MATTHEWS: “It is the arrival of them, even though African-Americans, hint hint, have been here before we got here.”
See there. Your concern about drug war violence spilling over the border is all really about racism. Your concern about terrorists chopping people’s heads off and filming it for the Internet — racism. Your concern about contracting an infectious disease that kills 70% of its victims, extremely painfully — racism. Your hope that you haven’t sent your kid off to school only to have it either blown up by terrorists, shot up by drug cartel operatives, or swept through by a deadly virus — all of which the government could have stopped, but for political reasons chose not to — racism.
Howard Fineman thinks you’re just a horrible person. Racist.